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IT’S NOT FOR DINNER: The World Is Finally Losing Its Taste for Meat

NATHANIAL BULLARD: Global consumption of animal proteins has been rising, apparently inexorably, for the past six decades. The coronavirus pandemic has finally changed that trajectory. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that meat production—a decent proxy for consumption—dropped in 2019, and it forecasts a decline again this year. Last year was only the second since 1961 in which production fell; two consecutive years of decline is unprecedented and could be the start of something durable. We’re already at peak pasture as far as demand is concerned, and it…

Where’s the beef? Shorten the supply chain with plant-based meat

JASMINE REIMER: The pandemic has exposed what Chase Purdy called the "Achilles heel of the modern US meat system". Purdy's article claims that just a single meat processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is responsible for 5% of US pork production. In April 2020 that plant and a few adjacent others shut down due to coronavirus, resulting in a thirty-six percent decrease in the slaughter of cows and thirty-seven percent decrease in pigs, as reported by the US Department of Agriculture data. In addition, the traditional meat supply chain is crowded with middlemen and connecting links…

FAKE OUTRAGE: Farm at center of goat cruelty scandal may have to close, as more supermarkets pull products

COLIN DRURY: The farm at the centre of a horrific goat cruelty scandal... may have to be shut down, its owner has said. Animals were secretly filmed being punched, kicked and slammed on their back at Far Marsh Farm, near Hull in East Yorkshire. Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer all said they would immediately drop St Helen’s Farm dairy products – which are made using milk produced at Far Marsh – after being alerted to the brutality on Monday. On Tuesday, Ocado did likewise... But Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose were continuing to sell the brand’s milk, cheese and butter in…

Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit for FREE (August 3-9, 2020)

ANIMAL PLACE: The critical issues affecting farmed animals are only increasing during this global pandemic, and as animal activists, vegans, environmentalists, and plant-based eaters we know we must do more. But what? And how? Join the Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit (FACES) August 3-9. This FREE online event about the future of the farmed animal movement is sponsored by Animal Place and Plant Based Network, and features activists, scientists, authors, filmmakers and other impactful voices in the farmed animal movement! Topics include farmed animal behavior, the role of sanctuaries as…

THE END: Corporate animal agriculture’s days are numbered. What comes next?

KENDRA COULTER: Corporate animal agriculture is in crisis, and its days are numbered. Factory farming and industrialized animal slaughtering are being recognized as dangerous for workers’ health, as potential causes of the next pandemic and as both ethically and environmentally unsustainable. Early numbers suggest noteworthy increases in the purchase of plant-based foods during the pandemic. New vegan products are being brought to market almost weekly. And advancements in cultured “clean” meat may soon result in mass production. These technological innovations mean that meat can be created…

CARTON OF MISERY: Goats punched, hit, kicked and ‘left lame’ at farm supplying milk to British supermarkets

JANE DALTON: Animals were subjected to a string of brutal attacks at a farm that sells goats’ milk to Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other supermarkets, footage from hidden cameras has revealed. Goats were seen on video being punched, kicked, hit with a pole and slammed onto their backs at a plant that supplies St Helen’s Farm, in east Yorkshire. The animals were also filmed crying in pain as they were held by their necks, had their ears tagged or their tails twisted... About an hour’s worth of video was passed to the Surge animal rights group, which then showed it to a vet and to lawyers…

Chinese factory farming creating perfect environment for new pandemic even more deadly than COVID

BRIAN MCGLEENON: Chinese factory farming is creating the perfect environment for "the mutation and amplification of new viruses" and unless conditions improve "this pandemic will not be the last one", a leading scientist has warned. Global Head of Research and Animal Welfare for Animals in Farming Kate Blaszak described the growth of intensive farming units not just in China but across the world and pointed to them as having the potential to both increase antibiotic resistance and create a deadlier pathogen than COVID-19. Ms Blaszak said: "China is incubating two new strains of bird flu. It…

MASS EXTERMINATION: California kills 3.2 MILLION trout to halt bacteria outbreak

CBS SACRAMENTO: California will kill 3.2 million trout to stop the outbreak of a bacterial infection that’s threatening hatcheries, wildlife officials said... The trout, which are used to stock waterways for recreational fishing, are in two hatcheries in the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierra and one hatchery in the Mojave Desert city of Victorville, northeast of Los Angeles... Fish at the hatcheries have been infected with Lactococcus garvieae, which is similar to streptococcus, wildlife officials said... The fish to be killed are at Mojave River Hatchery, Black Rock Hatchery and Fish…

WHERE’S THE BEEF?: The entire meat supply chain faces perilous future

JIM GILES: Global meat consumption will drop by close to 3 percent in 2020, the United Nations predicted recently. That would be the second consecutive annual fall. So what’s going on?... Let’s look at the issue on three time scales. Things look bad for the industry on every one. When policymakers and investors first turned their attention to climate change, energy was the first target. The result was the ongoing decarbonization of the electricity grid. Other sectors, including transport, came later. Now we’re seeing the rise of electric vehicles. The food sector, which contributes around a…

People Buying More Alternative Meat, Expected To Consume Less Real Meat Through 2025

JEFF KART: U.S. consumers have been gobbling up more alternative, plant-based meats since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. If you look closely, you’ll see it happened even before America’s first reported case of COVID-19... There’s a smorgasbord of reasons why, says Joe Loria, meat reduction campaign manager for World Animal Protection, a global nonprofit. Those include meat shortages due to coronavirus-related shutdowns at slaughterhouses and an increased availability of Beyond Burgers, imitation chicken tenders and other plant-based alternatives at food markets and restaurants. Faux…